Advice for Awkward People

Dear Izzy,

Sadly, Carnival is over and done, but school is not. I completely did not expect how much work I still had to do, and now it’s Sunday and I’m not only hungover but absolutely drowning in work. Everything feels like it’s coming around so soon, with final papers, exams, and pesky group projects and I have absolutely no idea what to do about it. It’s like, I’m trying to recover and get back to work this week but I don’t have the motivation, and I’ve also been trying to get on top of my work for so long, but I’m worried it’ll all come crashing down in the next two weeks. Do you have any advice to help me stay afloat?

Help! Under No Grade Obligations, Very Exasperated, Response?


Don’t worry, you’re almost there! Not that you didn’t know that already. But, here are some tips that’ll help you generate a final push to end the semester strong.

Schedule out those exam dates and due dates for projects, work a little bit on assignments and study different topics each day so you’re not cramming the day before, take a break during that studying when you need to, and so on. You’ve probably heard all those already. But, I also wanted to give you advice that’s a little bit different.

Be aware of what your body and mind need. If you are feeling hungry, take a break to get some food and eat while you work. If you’re feeling motivated or have a good idea, then great, stick to your work to get all those ideas out! If you’re tired, then dear God please just go to sleep. You’ll feel a lot better later because you’re getting what you need.

If you’re feeling stressed, please take a break — and don’t be afraid to reach out to friends if you need support. I am not sure what happened with you during Carnival, but I’m worried that the fact that you need to recover now means that something serious happened. Even if nothing did, talking to friends is always a good outlet for your stress. Everything will be okay in the end.

The most important thing is that whatever you’re feeling, don’t hold it in. Be upfront about things and don’t be afraid to confront challenges, because you’ll be able to focus a lot more on your work when you’ve gotten all your personal problems out of the way.

Hope this helps,